Current Lab Members

Justin Kitzes
Justin KitzesAssistant Professor
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I am a spatial ecologist and conservation biologist interested in how habitat alteration affects biodiversity at large spatial scales. I also have a specific interest in the development and use of bioacoustic survey methods.
Cameron Fiss
Cameron FissPostdoctoral Scholar
Cam is a postdoc working on analysis of our Pennsylvania forest bird data.
Tessa Rhinehart
Tessa RhinehartGraduate Student
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Tessa is a graduate student (and former staff programmer) working on community analysis, bird call classification software, and statistical models.
R. Patrick Lyon
R. Patrick LyonGraduate Student
Pat is a graduate student working on monitoring and evaluating the effects of habitat restoration in Pennsylvania forests.
Sam Lapp
Sam LappGraduate Student
Sam is a graduate student working on our bird and frog call classification models, recorder hardware design, and open source software.
Louis Freeland-Haynes
Louis Freeland-HaynesGraduate Student
Louis is a graduate student working on our sound localization platform, bird call classification models, and open source software.
Lauren Chronister
Lauren ChronisterGraduate Student
Lauren is a graduate student (and former undergrad and Research Assistant) investigating within-species vocalizations and leading development of our bird song classifiers.
Chapin Czarnecki
Chapin CzarneckiResearch Assistant
Chapin is a staff researcher assisting with our fieldwork and bird song analysis.
Sasha Syunkova
Sasha SyunkovaResearch Assistant
Sasha is a staff researcher working on our bird and frog call classification models and assisting with field work.
Leonardo Viotti
Leonardo ViottiResearch Assistant
Leonardo is a staff researcher working on our bird call classification models and structural equation modeling.
Interested in our work? We often have openings for undergraduate students, graduate students, programmers, and postdocs to join the lab. Learn more about joining us, and get in touch!

Lab Alumni


  • Nickolus Stahlman, Research Assistant
  • Jatin Khilnani, Research Assistant
  • Trieste Devlin, Research Assistant

Undergraduate Students

  • Junshang Jia, University of Pittsburgh
  • Carolyn Tett, University of Pittsburgh
  • Elias Paolone, University of Pittsburgh
  • Sagar Vellalath, University of Pittsburgh
  • Tiger Wu, University of Minnesota
  • Talia Piretra, University of Pittsburgh
  • Anna Lippert, University of Pittsburgh
  • Madeline Hice, University of Pittsburgh
  • Sarah Heise, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jiade Song, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jack Challiet, University of Chicago
  • Tanvi Merengenti, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Lydia Zimmerman, University of Pittsburgh
  • Aaron Lauer, University of Pittsburgh
  • Madoc Smith, University of Pittsburgh
  • Kyle Walters, University of Pittsburgh